Mandala is the Sanskrit word for 'circle' and is used to describe a circular design, often combined with a square, which can be an aid to contemplation, is often a template for religious architecture, and crops up frequently in such diverse areas of design as rugs, or garden design.

 

I was fascinated to read how Jung's patients, asked to draw a design, often produced mandalas showing circles alone or within a square. Jung interpreted this as a way of imposing order (the square) on our inner world (the circle) and saw the mandalas his patients produced as archetypal designs which sprang from the collective unconscious - mandalas have appeared in many cultures as an aid to healing and contemplation. These images are personal mandalas I have made; I am happy to work within the classical mandala structure to make personal mandalas by commission.

 

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